Recital FAQ’s

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What is the Recital?
All dancers participate in our end of the year Spring Recital. The recital offers our students a professionally directed performance that allows them a chance to shine onstage and share what they have learned over the year!

When & Where?
Typically the 2nd or 3rd weekend in May at Bloomington Jefferson High School Auditorium (4001 W 102nd Street, Bloomington, MN 55437 – map)

What time is the recital?
We host multiple recitals and each class is assigned to a specific show. We host more than 5 shows to keep our show lengths to a minimum and offer each family ample tickets to the show.

What is a Tiny Dancers Show?
Our Tiny Dancers Recital is a special opportunity for our youngest dancers! Creative Movement, Pre-Dance, Tutus for Tots, Broadway Babies and Hippity Hop are separated into their own unique show. The show will last 30-45 minutes and includes a bow and memorable, medal recognition on stage.  > Read on for more details

How do you assign the classes to each show?
Assigning classes to each recital is a month long planning process. We start by accommodating dancers in multiple classes and then try to put siblings in the same shows. The tricky part is making sure we do not have too many families in one show (or we will run out of tickets) or too long of shows (as many parents requested shortened shows). We have a recital planning program that helps us plan our shows with the least amount of conflits. However, sometimes families will be assigned to separate shows. Siblings in multiple recitals is a common practice for many dance studios. 

How long is the recital?
Each show averages 1.5 – 2.5 hours. Our goal for the tiny dancer shows is 30-45 minutes.

How many times will I see my dancer on stage?
Tiny Dancers perform 1 routine, Pre-Dance II & Tap/Jazz perform 2 routines and all other classes perform 1 routine. All dancers go across the stage again in a Finale number to bow. You will see your dancer on stage a minimum of twice, and sometimes many more times depending on their classes.

Does my dancer wear a costume?
Yes! Dancers are required to purchase one recital costume per class and have the appropriate color and style of shoes. For example, if a dancer is in Tap/Jazz and Musical Theater class, they will purchase TWO costumes (one for each class) and the appropriate shoes per class. > More details here.

How do we order our recital costume(s)?
Costumes are ordered (in January) the first week back from Winter Break. We have combined our costume and recital fees into one easy payment of $85 each + tights. Dancers are measured in class, and the school director will choose the best size for your dancer according to those measurements.  Costume fees are non-refundable and costumes cannot be returned or exchanged for different sizes – you may have to have alterations done to your costume to ensure a perfect fit. 

Is there a Dress Rehearsal?
YES! It is critical for the confidence of our dancers onstage that we do a trial run. This shows the dancers how to cope with little mishaps that can happen in a stage environment when you add nervousness, spotlights, and costumes! We run into all of these in rehearsal so that in the show, dancers know just what to do to keep the production going with a smile. The rehearsals are held the week before recital weekend at Jefferson High School Auditorium.

What is there for them to do?
It can seem like a long wait for an excited dancer backstage. For that reason we give our volunteer moms a few tools to keep the kids entertained. There are toys and games for the kids. When it is their turn to dance they are called, and their volunteer walks them to the stage and back safely. Dancers will remain backstage during the short 15-min intermission.

Can I videotape the performance?
This is an important memory, one you will always cherish. For that reason, we hire a professional videographer to film all shows. Phone and flash photography can be a distraction to our dancers. We ask all audience members to refrain from taking pictures or filming for the safety of our dancers and the enjoyment of the other members of the audience.

Will we receive pictures in costume?
Yes! Each year, we coordinate a professional photo shoot (with Linhoff Photography) at the studio in April for our dancers. Our professional photographer and team will make sure you get beautiful, high quality pictures in dance poses. A range of packages are available for purchase. Remember, even if you don’t want to purchase photos, each class takes a group photo for the recital souvenir program.

Do we have to wear make-up?
We believe that parents should be able to decide what is appropriate for their dancer based on their parenting style. That said please be warned that dancers without any makeup on will appear washed out under stage lighting. Footlights and spotlights are bright and the best way to look natural under them is to rely on a little makeup. We recommend at least a warm blush and red lipstick. If your dancer is very young, keep in mind the Recital is a once a year event, and feels a lot to your dancer like playing dress up 🙂

What type of hairstyle do we do?
We do not require any specific hairstyle, however please wear any hairpiece or accessory that is included with your costume. Many dancers will curl their hair, do an up-do or wear it half-up.
Performance Hair Tips
How to use the Whirl-A-Style (sold at PDC Store)